Belize

The Perfect Family Vacation … Belize!

If you know us, you know that we thrive on adventure and showing our little girl the world. So recently spent a week in Caye Caulker, Belize! It was the PERFECT family vacation destination! The motto of the island is “Go Slow” and that we did!

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How to Get There

The flights were great! We chose a 2 hour flight from Houston Airport. Most people get there from Miami, Atlanta or Houston. We flew into Belize City and took a water taxi to the island. We recommend the Ocean Ferry Belize ($22 USD/Person ROUND TRIP) kids at least 5 and under are free. There are other companies but we found Ocean Ferry Belize to be ON TIME and VERY reasonably priced.

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Where to Stay

We rented a VRBO cottage called Low Caye Cottages. This 850SqFt cottage came with a private shared pool. There are 4 cottages that share the pool but it was all ours all week. We had a 1 bed 1 bath PLUS a huge loft! The kitchen was stocked with all the items you would need!  It is located a 5 minute bike ride or a 10 minute walk from the hustle and bustle of the main street.

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Getting Around

Because there are NO cars on Caye Caulker you have the options of foot, bike or golf cart taxi to get around. This made for a very calm experience. We definitely recommend finding the taxi driver Nick Jr on the beach at the Ferry! He will take care of you and tell you about some amazing place to eat at! Make sure you get a taxi from the ferry to the place you are staying. Its $5-$10 USD … and WORTH IT. Other wise you are dragging your suitcase down the streets.

On that note…use backpacks! Don’t bring roller bags!

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Nike Jr our Taxi Driver!

 

Make sure to rent bikes while you are there! The Low Caye Cottages had bikes to rent for the week, including a 16″ for our little one.  They are beach cruisers and rusty from the salt water but its the best way to get around!

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There are NO bike rules in Belize! Bring DUC TAPE if this makes you nervous!

Snorkeling with Hicaco Tours!

We went on 2 Snorkeling trips with Carlos at Hicaco TOURS ! Absolutely a 5 star business! Hicaco Tours offers Full Day tours, Half Day tours, Night Tours and anything in between! They are a wealth of knowledge and not just about the reefs and fish, but anything you want to know about the island. We loved our tours with Carlos and his crew! We will definitely be back to see them!

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Carlos!

 

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Good-Byes are always hard!

 

Hicaco Tours!! Look for this place! its AMAZING!

 

Hicaco Tours!

 

Island Life

We fell into the island life pretty quickly. There is a nice rhythm of the island:

  • Wake up and get breakfast from the local bakery off Middle Street.

 

  • Enjoy some Snorkeling mid morning

 

  • Around lunch, grab a nice Rum Drink with your street tacos

 

  • SIESTA … its HOT in the mid afternoon and its time to a dip in the pool and a nap!

 

  • 3-7ish is Happy Hour…(who doesnt love a good drink special!?)
    • We found that many places offer 2 for 1 or 1/2 off… (same same I know, but depends of where you wander into).
    • Our favorite was the Sports Bar right off the water and Front Street.  We had a boat (literally a wooden boat) of nachos and 3 or 4 drinks each for $16 USD!! We spent 4 of our 6 nights there and met some AMAZING locals! 

 

  • After happy hour its dinner time… wander into Rosies for Fresh Grilled fish. We walked up and Isaac had metal trays on a table out front of the restaurant. That was the menu… you walked up and picked out your fish. He took it out and seasoned it and the “grill master” grilled it up for you! We had a whole lobster and a Lion Fish!

 

  • Filled to the brim with Rum and Lobster you head back to your cottage for a evening swim (watch out for the mosquitoes)!

Should You Vacation in Belize?

YES! We can’t say enough wonderful things about this place!

What kind of PARENTS take a Toddler to Nicaragua

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Who Brings a Toddler to a FOREIGN COUNTRY!?

What kind of parents voluntarily sign up for an overseas trip to a foreign country with a toddler…especially a country where hardly anyone can speak english?

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WE DO!

And to top it off we are contemplating a SECOND trip! Yes, you read that correctly! Nicaragua had such an amazing impact on us, that we want to go back!

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Over the years we have visited many places, large towns, small towns and met eclectic people, foreign people and fun people but have never been so moved by a place that we HAD to go back…until now!

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If you tell our daughter she has a cute chin and ask her where she got it, she will tell you “NICARAGUA!”

Some mornings when I ask her what she wants to do for the day her responses will be, “Go to Nicaragua!”

The country had that great of an impact on her as well!

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We have a rare opportunity to spend 3 weeks this summer doing whatever we want. No work, no school, just us! So we are considering splitting the time between a fun weekend with family and another Nicaragua trip! The stars have aligned for us over the past few months and this seems like a very viable option for us!www.AdventureFamilyInMotion.com

 

 

Nicaragua AGAIN

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If a place is amazing the first time why not visit it a second time? This is what our crazy thoughts were when we decided to venture into Nicaragua again only 8 months after our first trip.

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After our first trip into the country, we started following some expats from Florida who live abroad with their 5 children. They run an amazing surf lodge in Popoya just north of San Juan Del Sur called Nica Vida.

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After much contemplating we reached out to them for some information on their all inclusive package. We have never been on an all inclusive vacation before so we had NO IDEA what to expect. This is also a far cry from our usual vacations. Surfing and sun bathing are not exactly the norm with us.

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One of the main reasons we booked with Nica Vida is because we were able to participate in local outreach. We chose to collect money for water filters and supply a local school with much needed school supplies. We raised $570, resulting in 19 water filters!

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We helped supply 2 small villages with the ability to drink clean water. The day was absolutely overwhelming. It was a completely humbling experience to hand over a water filter that cost $30 … (a week worth of Starbucks) to a family so desperately in need of clean drinking water.

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We also brought down a suitcase packed to the gills with school supplies! From glue sticks, to paper and pencils, to toy cars and jumpropes. We were able to leave the suitcase at the school to hold the supplies.

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A huge thank you to everyone who donated funds for water filters and those who donated school supplies. We are so grateful for your help, but the families and children who will be using these items are the ones who are eternally grateful…

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If you would still like to donate to the water filter outreach program, please go to this link:

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

 

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